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PLEASED WITH JANUARY BUSINESS

5 February 2015

Assistant boss Ned Kelly believes the January transfer window has been a great success for the Iron, with the side bulking up on not only numbers, but on class too.

Talking to The Iron Player, he spoke about the window as a whole for the Iron, and the importance of acting fast in the market.

Kelly said: “The gaffer was mindful of trying to get things over the line really quickly.

"I think we’ve done very good business trying to add quality to the team.

"Since we’ve been here we’ve assessed everybody, we feel like we’ve given everybody a fair crack, not just in games but in training sessions as well because we want to win all the time.

"It’s important that we train as we play, committed and dedicated and with a hard work ethic in the group. It’s nice to get everything sorted before the chaos of deadline day.”

February 2 saw not a lot of movement in or out for the club, but the first piece of business on the agenda was to extend hot-shot Tom Hopper’s loan until the end of the season, a move greatly approved by the Iron faithful.

Kelly stated: “It’s great for us he’s still here until the end of the season.

"He’s had a great run of form, and a great couple of goals last week at Orient, took them very, very well.

"He’s got a brilliant work ethic, he’s done exceptionally well since he’s been here so we are delighted to be able to keep him and grateful to everybody at Leicester for letting us have him.”

Going back to one signing that well and truly slipped the radar of the press was the loaning of Manchester City midfielder George Evans for the remainder of the season, and Kelly shared a little about what the young City player can offer to the team.

Kelly said: “He’s got good feet. He’s very good on the ball, and he’s well thought of at his parent club so we are happy to have him.

"He’s a good midfield players who has got a good range of passing as well.”

There were two outgoings late on Monday night, with defender David Mirfin joining League Two side Hartlepool United on a one-month loan deal, while striker Lyle Taylor joined former club Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premier League.

Kelly continued: “It was a great move for Mirf firstly, he’s been out for a while so he’ll get some football and some fitness.

"The gaffer knows Ronnie Moore really well so it’s a good deal for everybody concerned.

"Lyle needs games, we’ve brought in Hops and now Kevin has come in, so it’ll be important for Lyle to get a run of games under his belt.

"It’s a place he knows well having done very well there before, and we wish them both the best of luck.”

Talking more specifically about the short term move for Mirfin, Kelly clarified the club’s position in relation to the Iron stalwart.

“He is on a month loan at first," Kelly said.

"He has been out for a while but he’s trained really, really well over the last month or so since he’s been back with the first team group, and it’s been really important for Mirf to get some first team football.

"Ronnie will give him that opportunity and obviously we’ll be watching to see how he’s getting on.”

See much more from Ned Kelly on The Iron Player.


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